The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts are starting construction on a nearly $5 million project to upgrade Lake Hearn Drive, Perimeter Summit Parkway and Parkside Place in Brookhaven between Ashford Dunwoody Road and the Perimeter Center Parkway Bridge across I-285.

Construction will be staged in zones with activity beginning in Zone 1 on Perimeter Center Parkway between Lake Hearn Drive and Parkside Place.

Lake Hearn Drive (blue and gray), Perimeter Summit Parkway (tan) and Parkside Place (green) will gain new bike lanes, traffic signals or trees as part of a project to open the streets to cyclists and pedestrians. For a larger version of this illustration, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.

“The Lake Hearn project will help facilitate Perimeter’s live-work-walk environment and promote the use of alternative transportation rather than the automobile,” said PCIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams in a press release.

Williams said the project will greatly improve the connectivity gap for commuters to medical facilities; Perimeter Mall, and other large employers.

“These infrastructure changes also will help ensure Perimeter’s long-term viability as an economic engine and will prepare the Lake Hearn area for potential and proposed private sector multi-use growth and development,” Williams added.

Construction is expected to be completed in nine months, officials said.

“Pedestrian access will be available along at least one side of each roadway during the project construction,” PCIDs Program Manager Jennifer Harper said in a press release.

The project is being funded by a $3.1 million Livable Centers Initiative Transportation Grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission as well as funding from the PCIDs.

The work includes “complete streets” improvements to encourage pedestrian and bicycle use.  A four-foot bike lane will be created on Perimeter Summit Parkway from Lake Hearn Drive to Ashford Dunwoody Road and “share the road” signage will be added to Lake Hearn Drive and Parkside Place. Traffic signals will be upgraded at all signalized intersections.  Benches, trees, landscaping, light poles and trash bins will be placed along the streets and intersections, Williams said.